Johnson County sees uptick in hand, foot and mouth disease

Our community has seen an uptick in hand, foot and mouth disease. While it is not a serious disease, it is very contagious and can spread quickly through schools and daycares.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is common in children under 5 years old, but anyone can get it.

Symptoms include a fever, eating or drinking less, sore throat, feeling unwell, mouth sores and a skin rash. The rash usually looks like flat, red spots, sometimes with blisters.

The virus can be spread through nose and throat secretions, fluid from blisters and feces.

For more information about hand, foot and mouth disease, including when to see a healthcare provider, click here.